Topic: Operation VANUATU ASSIST 17

Operational experience for Navy newbies

Published on by MIDN Lachlan Smith (author)

Six trainee Maritime Warfare Officers have taken part in a critical Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief mission in Vanuatu aboard HMAS Choules. (photo: Unknown)

Six trainee Maritime Warfare Officers have taken part in a critical Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief mission in Vanuatu aboard HMAS Choules.

Within one year of joining the Royal Australian Navy, six officers have taken part in a critical humanitarian aid and disaster relief mission in Vanuatu.

Choules on task in New Zealand

This article has photo gallery Published on by LEUT Sarah West (author), SGT Ricky Fuller (photographer)

An Australian Army Bushmaster is unloaded from HMAS Choules onto Port Marlborough in Picton, New Zealand, during Exercise Southern Katipo 2017.  (photo: SGT Ricky Fuller)

An Australian Army Bushmaster is unloaded from HMAS Choules onto Port Marlborough in Picton, New Zealand, during Exercise Southern Katipo 2017.

HMAS Choules has delivered a combined force of 150 soldiers and marines from Australia and Tonga to New Zealand as part of Exercise SOUTHERN KATIPO.

Choules proves assistance prowess again

Published on by CAPT Jesse Robilliard (author), LSIS Jake Badior (photographer)

HMAS Choules is seen alongside in Port Vila, Vanuatu during Operation Vanuatu Assist 2017. (photo: LSIS Jake Badior)

HMAS Choules is seen alongside in Port Vila, Vanuatu during Operation Vanuatu Assist 2017.

Preparing for an exercise scenario in New Zealand quickly became a real life disaster relief effort for the ship’s company of HMAS Choules as a result of an active volcano.